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When out-of-town family members could not get in touch with LeRoy Rupnow, resident of the Township of Bradley, they notified the Lincoln County Sheriff's office at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2023.  Officers performed a welfare check at the residence but could not locate the man who the family was unable to get in touch with for over 24 hours.

According to police, "The residence and surrounding wooded area, along with the shoreline of Lake Nokomis, were searched by deputies as well as a K9 unit.  A K9 track indicated that Mr. Rupnow may potentially have walked up to, and perhaps even into, the lake, though Mr. Rupnow was unable to be located."

After enough information developed to warrant an activation, the Lincoln County 911 Center requested a "Silver Alert" be sent out asking for the public's assistance in locating Leroy or providing information as to his whereabouts.

A short time later, with the added benefit of the morning sunrise to help light the area, deputies spotted something of concern approximately 30 yards off the shore from Mr. Rupnow's residence.

Upon further observation, which included the assistance of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office's drone team, it was discovered that Leroy Rupnow was deceased in the water.

The Tomahawk Fire Department assisted in removing Mr. Rupnow's body, and he was pronounced deceased by the Lincoln County Coroner.

No foul play is suspected, though the incident remains under joint-investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Lincoln County Coroner's Office.
(This post was last modified: 08-23-2023, 05:03 AM by My Northern Wisconsin.)